Source | Forbesmiddleast-com
Barely a week after global tech companies finished extolling the virtues of artificial intelligence at GITEX in Dubai, the technology has once again come under the spotlight in the U.A.E.
As part of a reshuffle of its cabinet, the U.A.E. has appointed Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama as the country’s first Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. The 27-year-old had previously led the World Government Summit and was Deputy Director of the Future Department.
“We want the U.A.E. to become the world’s most prepared country for artificial intelligence,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E and Ruler of Dubai in a press release. He added that the new phase of governing in the U.A.E. will focus on “future skills, future sciences and future technology, as we prepare for the centenary to ensure a better future for our generations.”
“The new Government is a Government for the new Emirati percentage. To develop knowledge. Supporting science and research.”
According to his LinkedIn profile, the newly appointed minister is an alumnus of the American University of Dubai, having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2011. He has been working as Deputy Director of Future Department at the Prime Minister’s office since November last year.
The appointment comes just days after Sheikh Mohammed announced the launch of the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence as part of the UAE Centennial Plan 2071, a national transformation plan created earlier this year.